Andrew Burnett is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Religious Education in 1976. Two years later he again graduated from the same institution with a master of arts in Biblical Studies.
Compassion for the unborn and women
Since the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, millions of children have died. Much to our nation's shame that toll climbs higher as 4, 500 more babies die each day.
"What are Christians doing to stop this innocent bloodshed?"
"Are they doing anything to intervene for the babies dying in local abortion facilities each day?"
"What about reaching out to those who are considering abortion as an alternative to carrying their child to term?"
These are the question that Andrew Burnett asked himself after viewing a documentary television program on abortion in the summer of 1984. At that time it became clear that God was laying it on his heart to speak out for those children who die from abortion, to be an advocate for the unborn.
Advocates for Life Ministries is born
Late in 1984 he joined with a few other people who were already picketing and side-walk counseling at several local abortion facilities in Portland, Oregon. Early in 1985, along with several other activist from Portland, he founded Advocates for Life Ministries.
During the summer of 1985 Advocate for Life Ministries began publishing a newsletter called "The Advocate" that later became Life Advocate magazine. Over the years there have been many changes and improvements to the publication but the goal continues to been the same —to tell the truth about abortion.
Also, in 1985 Mr. Burnett attended the Pro-life Action Network conference. It was through that association with other pro-life activists from around the United States that he began to get a vision for what could be done to help stop abortion on a national scale.
In the summer of 1986, Mr. Burnett, along with several other local activists organized Advocates for Life Ministries' first rescue mission. A rescue involved Christian going in the spirit of Proverbs 24:11 which says to, "Rescue those being dragged away to slaughter." Rescuers protested abortion and attempted to protect unborn babies by placing themselves between the abortionist and their victims, blocking the doors to an abortion facility for as long as possible. Between 1986 and 1992 Advocates for Life Ministries conducted dozens of rescues in Oregon and participated in many more throughout the United States and several foreign countries.
Click here to see a sampling of the covers of the newsletter "The Advocate" as well as later issues of Life Advocate magazine.
A national leader
In 1987 Mr. Burnett and a number of other pro-life activists were asked to help form Operation Rescue, a National pro-life activists' group that emphasized the tactic of abortion blockades to stop abortion and raise awareness of the abortion holocaust all across the nation. He was more than willing and served in a leadership role with Operation Rescue for several years, helping to organize and lead many rescues around the country.
Beginning in January of 1993, Andrew Burnett headed up a national "Stop Kevorkian" Project aimed at exposing the "assisted suicide" killing of former pathologist Jack Kevorkian. The project resulted in discovery of a signed document in which Kevorkian admits leaving a carbon dioxide mask in place even after one of his clients requested its removal. The man died of CO2 poisoning only moments later. The discovery of the "Final Action" document spurred national news and protest against the idea of doctor's killing their patients. (Click here to view the "Final Action" document.)
In 1994 Mr. Burnett again joined with a number of other nationally known pro-life activists to form the American Coalition of Life Activists where he served as a Regional Director until the fall of 1997 when the coalition disbanded. During that time, the ACLA organized a number of regional and national activities aimed at exposing abortionists for the killers that they are.
Mr. Burnett continues to be the Executive Director of Advocates for Life Ministries and Publisher of Life Advocate magazine. He has contributed over 50 articles to Life Advocate magazine. He has been interviewed and featured in hundreds of local, national, and international publications and news outlets (i.e., The New York Times, Time magazine, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, National Public Radio and Television, German and Australian TV.).
The consequences of leadership
To thank him for his efforts on behalf of the unborn, Mr. Burnett has been sued by abortionists over a half dozen times. He is currently one of a dozen pro-life leaders around the country who are being sued by the Planned Parenthood. The suit claims that his advocacy for the unborn amounts to racketeering (RICO) and a violation of Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE).
Andrew Burnett was owner and operator of a successful Home Improvement company prior to his involvement with pro-life activism. He closed that business when a judge insisted that Christians promise not to rescue at the state's largest abortion facility, or go to jail until the promise was made or a civil suit was brought to trial.. Along with a number of other activists, Mr. Burnett was incarcerated for several months as a result of the judge's decision.
Currently Mr. Burnett focuses most of his activist attention on his own home town, Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and five children. He is a committed Christian and leader in the local church where he and his family attend.
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